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The Standard
More than 91,000 Hong Kong people signed a petition urging the government to act faster on banning ivory trade as the Legislative Council's environmental affairs panel met yesterday to discuss a proposed ban.

The World Wide Fund had early delivered the petition to lawmakers and officials, and submitted a letter outlining reasons to back the government proposal, which includes a five-year grace period for ivory traders to sell their remaining stock without compensation, and a stronger maximum penalty of 10 years' jail for wildlife crime offenders.

Hong Kong Free Press

Hidden behind the superficial beauty and craftsmanship of many ivory products lies the ugly truth of their frequently brutal origins and sad history. This creamy material with its wood-like grain is a medium for detailed carving and has long been coveted, with disastrous implications for the world’s largest land animal.

Taiwan News

(Thailand / WildAid) - On Thai Elephant Day, WildAid united 15 prominent Thai business leaders with a pledge to never use elephant ivory or other wildlife products.

In a show of solidarity, the nation's top business leaders joined our call and urged stronger enforcement and more effective wildlife conservation action.

Thailand is a major destination market and trans-shipment hub to China and other markets for ivory products primarily from some of the roughly 33,000 elephants poached annually in Africa.

Washington Post

BEIJING — Slowly but surely, Chinese attitudes toward wildlife conservation are changing.

At China’s annual parliamentary session, lawmakers from Hong Kong have submitted a formal proposal to ban the commercial farming of bears for the extraction of their bile and urged stronger efforts to combat the illegal trade in rhino horn, officials said Tuesday.

Separately, there were also calls at China’s annual legislative and consultative assemblies for an end to tiger farming in China and for a ban on the use of pangolin scales in traditional Chinese medicine.

The Independent

Last year provided a number of very promising developments for the elephant, China saved the best till last by announcing a timeline for its much-anticipated ban on domestic ivory trade in late December. The Chinese Government announced that the ban will come into effect at the end of 2017, although some factories and traders will be required to close shop as early as March 31, 2017.


For years, China's government has argued that banning ivory would destroy centuries-old cultural traditions that carvers like Li and his apprentices preserve. But in December, Beijing announced it would phase out its ivory trade by the end of 2017.


(CNN)The audience response to CNN's "Vanishing" series has been overwhelming.

The Washington Post

 Air China has become the first airline in mainland China to ban shark fin cargo, marking a dramatic shift in attitudes toward trade in endangered wildlife here and throwing a lifeline to shark populations threatened with imminent extinction.

The news, released late Friday, came just a week after China announced plans to ban its domestic ivory trade, a landmark decision of vital importance in ending an epidemic of elephant poaching in Africa.

The New York Times

BEIJING — China’s vow to shut down its commercial ivory trade by the end of this year was welcomed by environmentalists as a turning point in the fight against poachers.

The Washington Post

 China promised Friday to halt its domestic ivory trade completely by the end of 2017, a decision greeted by environmentalists as offering real hope for an end to a poaching crisis that is wiping out tens of thousands of elephants across Africa.